October 2019 Messenger
 
VOLUME 71                                         OCTOBER 2019                                        NUMBER 10

HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
"God's Family at Table!" What a beautiful picture, Christians gathered in prayer, worship and praise! A testimony to the love and mercy of God as received by God's family - the Christian Church.  Each one of us needs to be at "God's Family Table," if we absent ourselves from God's presence, we create a vacancy for some other force to "move-in" and replace God.  Don't leave a vacancy in your soul and life.  Keep it filled with God's True Presence.
 
You have a standing invitation to celebrate this meal with Jesus, "And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "this is My body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me."  In the same way, after the supper He took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you."
 
Shut-ins not receiving Holy Communion should call the Church Office (570-368-8933) to get on the schedule.


MISSING!!!
Pair of black liners for the Altar Vases.  Please return to the Church Office as soon as possible.  Thank you.

ALTAR COMMITTEE AND THOSE WHO SPONSOR ALTAR FLOWERS
DO NOT TAKE THE BLACK LINERS OUT OF THE CHURCH.  THEY STAY WITH THE VASES!!!!!  If you are taking the altar flowers and they are in the brass vases - put the flowers into a juice can or container found in the Sacristy.

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6
Pastor David will conduct a service of the word for Healing, following the 10:45 am. service Sunday, October 6.  Please join us.

LIFE CHAIN WILL BE HELD SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6
The Annual Life chain will be held Sunday, October 6, at 2:30 pm. on the Golden Strip.  If you are interested in participating in a silent stand for the unborn, please contact Sharon Barnard (435-5408)

TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET OCTOBER 8
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, October 8, at 7:00 pm. at the home of Julie Griffiths, 2320 Warrensville  Road. They will continue their study of the Apocrypha.    Bible study members, if you cannot attend, please call Julie (433-3249).
 
They will also meet Tuesday, October 22, at the home of Kathy Sausser, and October 29, at the home of Pastor and Betty.

HOSS'S EVENT SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY OCTOBER 8
On Tuesday, October 8, we will hold a Hoss's Event to help pastor's Discretionary Fund.  This will be an all day event.  Tickets will be available in the Church Office.  Go out to have a fine meal at Hoss's and 20% of the total of your purchases will be given to Bethany Church.

CROP WALK - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13
The CROP Walk is scheduled for Sunday, October 13, at 1:30 pm.  Registration begins at 1:00 pm.  This is the 50th year of CROP Walk!  Sponsor forms and promotional and educational materials can be picked up at the United Churches office (202 E Third Street, Williamsport).  For more information, contact Gwen (570-322-1110 or 570-419-1464 or director@uclc.org) Walks all happen rain or shine. 

TUREEN LUNCH AND GAME DAY - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20
Mission Committee will sponsor the monthly tureen lunch at noon, October 20, in Sunday Memorial Hall.  Bring a tureen to share and your table service...and a game to play.  There is a sign-up sheet outside the church office, for people to supply the main course.  Please help.

BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES OCTOBER 27
On the last Sunday of each month, our parish nurses will again be checking blood pressures.  Come to the Library after either Service on that day and have your blood pressure checked.

OCTOBER IS PASTOR (AND FAMILY) APPRECIATION MONTH!
Please let Pastor and Betty know you appreciate them.  Some simple (and not so simple) things you can do:
Pray for them.  Prayer is the most powerful weapon against the pressures of spiritual warfare; pray for physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual strength; surround them with God's protection
Card Shower and messages of appreciation
Volunteer to help with a project
Support him with encouragement (all year long)
Be willing to participate enthusiastically in ministry
Love your Pastor as Jesus loves him and show it through regular, tangible acts of encouragement all year long

RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the September meeting -
Received committee reports: Mission, Christian Education, Finance
Had First Reading of the 2020 Ministry Plan
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through August 31, 2019 (34 Sundays)                               $ 130,570.65
Expenses through August 31, 2019                                                                       140,012.07
Balance                                                                                                                       $ - 9,441.42
 
Income received through August 31, 2018 (34 Sundays)                              $ 128,678.67
Expenses through August 31, 2018                                                                       142,968.15
Balance                                                                                                                    $ - 14,289.48

THANK YOU FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Thank You for all the prayers, cards, and support,  It was very much appreciated.                                             --Mike, Jamie, and Jennie Brouse
 
Many Thanks - to Pastor David for his visits while I was hospitalized, to Ruthie and Kathy for their visit and cookies and making me laugh.  To Gail Stover for the beautiful Altar Flowers and Thanks to Jean Wentz for your beautiful flowers.  The thoughtful get well cards and the anniversary cards were a ray of sunshine,  We are blessed!    -- Tom and Ann Long
 
Thank You to Ruthie and Kathy for the nice visit and the cookies and to Pastor for his visit and bringing Communion.  -- Mary Ann Lichter
 
Thank You to Bethany for all your concerns and prayers and also Pastor David for his visits  and giving me Communion.  God Bless, Jean Beard

BETHANY'S WEB-SITE
www.BethanyNALC.org

CONTACTING PASTOR DAVID
            Pastor's Office hours at the Church: Monday - Thursday  9:00 am. - 4:30 pm.
            Church phone: 570-368-8933                
            Home phone: 570-322-3685
            email:  pastorbethanyNALC@gmail.com

OCTOBER HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, October 6 - noon
            Life Chain - Sunday, October 6 - 2:30 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, October 8 - 7:00 pm. - Griffith's
            Hoss's Event - Tuesday, October 8 - All Day
            CROP Walk - Sunday, October 13 - 1:30 pm.
            Church Council - Monday, October 14 - 7:15 pm.
            Finance Committee - Tuesday, October 15 - 7:00 pm.
            Staff Support Committee - Tuesday, October 15 - 8:00 pm.
            Spark Plugs - Wednesday, October 16 - 10:00 am. - Perkins'
            Tureen Lunch / Game Day - Sunday, October 20 - noon
            Mission Committee - Monday, October 21 - 7:15 pm.
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, October 22
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, October 22 - 7:00 pm. - Sausser's
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, October 28 - 9:00 am.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, October 29 - 7:00 pm. - Letschers'

NOVEMBER HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, November 3 - noon
            Church Council - Monday, November 11 - 7:15 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, November 12 - 7:00 pm. - Kissell's
            Bloodmobile - Friday, November 15 - 1:00 - 6:00 pm.
            Tureen Lunch / Game Day - Sunday, November 15 - noon
            Mission Committee - Monday, November 18 - 7:15 pm.
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, November 19
            Property Committee - Tuesday, November 19 - 7:00 pm.
            Spark Plugs - Wednesday, November 20 - 10:00 am. - Perkins'
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, November 25 - 9:00 am.
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, November 25 - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, November 26 - 7:00 pm. - Barnards'
            Church Office Closed - Thursday, November 28 - Thanksgiving Day

HOMEBOUND COMMUNION
Home Bound Communion is always available to our shut-ins.  If you desire to have Communion, please call the Church Office (368-8933).

HOSPITAL VISITATION
If you or anyone you know is to be hospitalized, please notify the Church Office (368-8933).  It is our desire to minister to you and your family, however that cannot happen if  we don't receive notification.

PLEASE REMEMBER OUR SENIORS AT HOME
William Bair - 1213 Cedar St, Montoursville 17754
Herbert and Sandy Bright - 628 Broad St, Montoursville  17754
Jean Fox - 2123 Robinson Rd, Apt 141, Jackson  MI  49203
Marjorie Gower - Elmcroft of Loyalsock, 2985 Four Mile Dr, Montoursville  17754
Virginia Laudig - 1119 Broad St, Montoursville  17754
Helen Leidhecker - Valley View Nursing Center, 2140 Warrensville Rd, Montoursville
Sandra Long - Muncy Skilled Nursing, 215 E Water St, Muncy  17756
Thomas Long - 163 Charles Dr, Montoursville
Roxie Lundy - 410 Arch St, Montoursville
Eleanor Mellish - 1246 Deerfield Dr, Williamsport  17701
Tessie Moss - 12 Lutheran Home Dr, Personal Care 220, Telford  PA  18969
Francis Poeth - 1900 Ravine Rd, Apt 1226, Williamsport  17701
Betty Rosencrans - The Meadows, Room 404, 2160 Warrensville Rd, Montoursville  17754
Hilary Schmouder - The Meadows Room 111, 2160 Warrensville Rd, Montoursville  17754
Eleanor Shaheen, 515 Rt 405, Hughesville  17737
Richard (Fred) Shultz - 1275 Broad St, Montoursville  17754
Darla Starr - Valley View Nursing Center, 2140 Warrensville Rd, Montoursville
Joan Swartz - 500 Pelham Dr, Waynesboro  VA  22980
Cella Taylor - Aristia Care, 1445 Sycamore Rd, Montoursville  17754

PASTOR'S DISCRETIONARY FUND
Donations to replenish Pastor's Discretionary would be greatly appreciated.  Please make your check out to Bethany Lutheran Church, but mark the memo line: "Pastor's Fund."  Thank you. 

BACKPACK BREAKFAST EVENTS
Needed: Oatmeal (1-2 oz. packets); Cream of Wheat (1-2 oz. packets); Boxed Cereal (Individual, 1.5-2 oz); Multigrain Bars; Breakfast Bars; Pop Tarts; Belvita Breakfast Biscuits (1.76 oz.); Cereal Bars (individually packaged).  Thanks for the great response for this project. Next pick-up will be October 10.

FOOD PANTRY NEEDS
During this time of harvest and as we grow closer to the Holidays, one way to show love, caring, and comfort to those in need is to buy at least one item every time you are in a store to donate to the food pantry.  Such a simple act will become a huge answer to someone's prayer that day!
 
Items needed: snacks (all healthy), canned vegetables, pasta (all types), tomato sauce, cake mixes, potato and rice boxes, canned meats, Ramen noodles, cookie mixes, tea,  peanut butter, hot chocolate, coffee, cereal, soup, oatmeal, jelly, juices, ketchup, mustard, Pop-Tarts, flour.  Thank you so much for all your contributions (food and financially) to the Food Pantry.
 
SHEPHERD OF THE STREETS
Shepherd of the Streets is a Christian ministry with the emphasis on medical issues that abruptly invade people's lives.  They not only help with payments for medicine, supplies, and transportation, but they help with a person's ability to cope with immediate and long-term inflictions.  Your support for this very vital ministry helps keep matters from getting worse, and/or assists in the healing or dying process.

Thank you for your donation of hygiene items, baby needs, and/or bedding.  Almost every person who comes through their doors is blessed by one or more of the hygiene items you send.  Items needed:  toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, razors, shampoo, conditioner, women's hygiene products, towels/wash cloths, bedding, blankets, tissues, toilet paper, paper towels, soap, deodorant, combs, baby diapers, baby shampoo, baby oil, baby Q-tips, baby wipes, baby powder.

BIBLES FOR PRISON
Bibles for Prison are needed.  The Lycoming County Prison Chaplain reports that the number of inmates attending Bible study continues to grow, and requests for Bibles has increased.  Donations to help buy Bibles would be appreciated.  Please mark your check "Bibles." Thank you.

EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE
Equipment is available to borrow during recovering from surgery and for the elderly.  We have walkers, canes, equipment for the bathtub and commode.  If you have a need, talk to the staff.

LINUS BLANKETS
We are still sharing our knitting, crocheting, and quilting gifts with others by making blankets of all sizes (baby, children, adult) for those with cancer or going thru traumatic experiences at hospitals.  Please bring to the Church Office.

YOKEFELLOW PRISON MINISTRY
Yokefellow Prison Ministry is in need of volunteers.  Would you consider being a part 
of the ministry along with us?   Please contact the Yokefellow Office (570 326-6868) if you would be interested in this most rewarding ministry.
 
SEWING MACHINES AVAILABLE
The Quilting Room has several old sewing machines, some in cabinets, looking for good homes.  They haven't been used in a long time, so will need servicing.  If interested, contact Barb Winchester (570-244-6681).

MEMORIALS
Contributions to our Memorial Fund is a way of remembering those who have passed away or in honor of those who are still living.   Monies can be donated to the Memorial Fund or to Pastor's Discretionary Fund.